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old chicken breeder returning

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mherzog, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. mherzog

    mherzog New Egg

    Feb 1, 2015
    Hello, My name is Mark. Many years ago I bred and sold piurebred chickens to children for showing. I got out of it. Now my wife has decided she wants some fresh eggs to do her baking with. So I got some ameraucana chicks. now trying to decide how many hens I have.. not real sure how to tell. Thjey are abouit 6 weeks old.
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    The good news is, sexing birds hasn't really changed all that much - you can look for the same sorts of cues you would have used with the birds you previously bred and raised to start sexing the birds you have now. Did you get purebred Ameraucanas from a reputable breeder or were they sourced from a hatchery, retail outlet, etc? I ask as there are mixed breed birds loosely known as "Easter Eggers" that are often misrepresented as being Ameraucana. At six weeks, your birds will be starting to show some common cues as to gender and may be at the point where we can start giving you some good ideas as to the genders of your birds - I would suggest taking and posting some photos of your birds in a thread here : https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this
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  3. mherzog

    mherzog New Egg

    Feb 1, 2015
    thanks for the welcome. I got them from a gentleman that got his from a feed store last year. I will post pictures soon. .
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Good luck in finding out how many hens you have! I'm sure you will get lots of great help from posting in the link OL Grey Mare has left for you.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and be sure to ask any question you may have. Enjoy BYC, I am sure you will :frow
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Mark. Glad you decided to our flock. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Good luck with your Ameraucanas! I hope you can determine which ones are cockerels and which are pullets.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your Ameraucana chicks! If you post some photos of them, I and other members will be glad to help sex them. [​IMG]
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Enjoy your new flock of babies! Definitely post pics in our What Breed and Gender section for help with sexes.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Ol Grey Mare has set you straight.

    Good luck and welcome to the BYC flock!
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!

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